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on north korea to release merrill newman. the north koreans released a video in which the 85-year-old supposedly is apology. >> this video released by north korean authorities claims to show merrill newman reading an alleged apology. >> on this trip i want understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> the video and 4-page statement cannot be independently verified. it cared on the north korean newsagency accusing merrill newman of: >> it alleges he was involved in the killings of service personnel and civilians. >> attacking communication systems and killing three enjoyment people. >> merrill newman served in the korean war. he visited as a tourist when detained in october 2012. newman's son said he wanted to return. all the other tourists in his dad's group were allowed to fly home. >> they had checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport. boarded the plane and were five minutes were taking off when a korean official came on board. he hasn't been seen since. >> lee newman wants her husband home safely and hopes he's g
will need to enrol by december 23rdrd. >> north korea has released a video of merrill newman, he supposedly apologised for decades old war crimes. the u.s. is calling for north korea to release thele 85-year-old saying: >> al jazeera america's allen fisher with more. 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour when he was arrested. he's appeared on state tv reading an alleged confession. >> we attacked a communication system, attacked three incident operators. used explosives and attacked the k kpa 10 times in one area. >> the statement which contained oddly constructed sentences said merrill newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guide to help look for families and relatives and gave the document written with their addresses and email addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> the confession was recorded on november the 9th. there was no direct comment from merrill newman to confirm details. the government in pyongyang has been accused of forcing statements from detainees. a watcher says the timing of the arrest is odd. >>
-old, saying: >> al jazeera's alan fisher has more. >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour in october. he has now appeared on tv reading a confession. >>... attacked a communication system killing three incident operators. used explosives obtained from attacking the mine. attacking kpa and harassing the rear face 10 times in the area. >> the statement which contained oddly constructed sentences and errors said merrill newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guy to help me look for family and relatives and i gave a document with addresses and email addresses to the guide. >> the confession was allegedly recorded on 9 november but there was no comment from merrill newman to confirm details. one korean watcher says the timing of the arrest is odd. >> it's created problems with the relations. the united states at the time where they need good relations. it's creating problems with the tourist industry at the time when the north korean government is serious about threatening foreign tourists in
, merrill newman, the 84-year-old palo alto man accused of espionage by the north korean government allegedly confessed to his crimes and apologized. any reaction there? >> there's concern that merrill newman's heart condition may be a problem while he's being detained overseas. meanwhile we have word he has issued an apology. take a listen. >> mark: in --. >> reporter: in a taped statement, korean war veteran merrill newman apologized for his actions including during the korean war. >> collected information of the kpa and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators, delayed them ammunition supply using explosives, and they attacked the kpa and harassing operations of the rear base 10 times. arms association escaped from dtrk to south korea. so i asked my guy to help me to look for their families and relatives. >> reporter: the korean central news agency issued a statement, claiming from newman. he was escortded off his flight last month after a 10-day tour of korea. they claimed he perpetrated acts of infringing upon the dignities and sovereignties of the dpr
-run media releasing the videotape showing 85-year-old m merrill newman reading from a statement and confessing to alleged crimes. new mon served in the korean war and was taken into custody during a trip in late october of this year. >> hey there, gregg. this alleged confession goes into quite some detail into newman's past, for example, he reads out in his statement precisely what he'd been up to during the war. he had actually served as an adviser to one of the united nations regiments out there, that was under the far east command, and he goes into detail about how he came to north korea basically to meet surviving soldiers, pray for their souls of the dead and he said in a statement he was planning to meet any surviving soldiers and put them in touch with their comrades in arms association down in south korea. this association is considered an enemy of the state by the north koreans, gregg, and that is probably what they described as the hostile activity they've accused him of undertaking on his trip back in october. this is how in his read-out statement he described his all
released by north korea state media shows 85-year-old merrill newman now detained more than a month reading an apology. he asks for forgiveness for allegedly killing north korean soldiers and civilians during the korean war. the video shows newman stamping the statement with red thumbprints, but it couldn't be confirmed if newman wrote the apology. diplomatic experts say the video could be a sign. >> this may be a prelude to figuring out what it can extract from the united states for this release and then the release. >> reporter: newman, a korean war veteran dreamed of visiting north korea. last month he fulfilled the dream, touring with a friend. relatives say he was on a plane getting ready to leave when a north korean military officer took him into custody. last week newman's wife spoke with nbc news. >> we have a lot of strong support. but when you don't know where your husband of 56 years is, you don't know his health, you don't know when he will be home with us, it's not an easy situation. >> reporter: today, a state department official said the swedish embassy in north korea which h
to neat with merrill newman today. it comes as the u.s. is calling for the 85-year-old's release due to health and anal. north korea today released a video tape shot on november 9th shoeg merrill newman apoll chising for his role -- apologising sfor his role in the korean war. >> protests turned deadly, one killed and others hurt when gunshots from fired. >> 35 protesters in kiev arrested. they were demonstrating at independence square. police entered the crowds, swinging batons. protesters want the government to sign an agreement strengthening their relationship with pt european union. >> syria war has caused 2.2 million to flee to other countries. halve are children. i'm jonathan betz. for more go to aljazeera.com. beer. 200 million barrels are brewed in the u.s. annually. but not all beer is the same. craft beer is not your father's suddens. craft does not belong in your red to go cup. you don't chuck, you sip, you savor it. >> i love craft beer because it is very delicious, and it is constantly evolving, and it has many different behavior flavors, and i feel that i'm i'm constan
newman last heard from merrill newman, her husband of 56 years. now she is breaking her silence. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved very quickly and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: the newman family's big question -- why was merrill arrested while all of the other tourists with him were allowed to fly home? >> they had checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport, boarded the plane, and we understand were five minutes from taking off when the korean official came aboard, asked to see his passport and he's been there ever since. >> reporter: merrill newman, served in the korean war, which remans a very sensitive topic in north korea. i have reported from there five times, always under tight supervision by a government minder. >> i feel like i'm being guided. >> reporter: we were encouraged to watch films claiming north korea won the war. some accusing americans of war crimes. but we know other american vets have traveled there without incident. so why would merrill newman be an exception? >> that's part of the puzzle
an 85-year-old man merrill newman from california who is being held in north korea. a month ago, newman, a tourist, was pulled from a plane on the runway just before headeg home from north korea. as terrell brown reports, his family still has no idea wheny he's been detained or when he might be released. >> reporter: merrill newman is 85 years old with a heart condition. his son, jeff, says it's been more than three weeks since anyone has heard from him. >> we've been in regular contact with the state department since the beginning of the detention, but we don't have any new information. >> reporter: newman, a korean war veteran, went to the country on a cite seeing tour with a friend last month. he was arrested after boarding his flight home to pal bradshaw, california. robert carlin is a cbs news analyst. >> why they would hold an american citizen at exactly the time they're trying to get more tourists into the country seems to me a little odd. >> reporter: korean war veterans and tourists have been traveling to north korea in recent years without incident, but newman reportedly had a
it is holding merrill newman. they claimed he killed innocent people and violated north korea's dignity. he apologised for hostile acts. merrill newman was detained a month ago. he was visiting as a tourist but was pulled off his plane as he was about to leave. >> antigovernment protesters in thailand are planning to seize more government offices. thaksin shinawatra is living in exile to avoid charges. protesters aimed to take control of all state ministries, and say sunday will be their victory day. >> more than 2.2 million refugees have fled syria and taken refuge in neighbouring countries. according to the united nations refugee agency lebanon hosts the most refugees with more than 800,000, follow said by turkey, jordan, iraq and egypt. many have been living in tents and face another freezing winter ahead of them. we have this report from a camp in jordan. >> for 18 months the refugees here weathered scorching heat, sandstorms and snow storms. the only shelter - a plastic tent. another freezing winter is coming, so for this family these trailers could not arrive soon enough. >> in the w
and what it might reveal about north korea's plan for merrill newman. >>> does any of it add up? >>> a new trend for medical appointments. why there may be strength in numbers visiting the doctor. >>> good evening. we start with some developing news. the u.s. is urging north korea to release an 85-year-old man held there for more than a month. merrill newman is a korean war veteran. north korea charged him with hostile acts against the state. kimberly perry is in pal palo a with the latest. >> reporter: he does have a heart condition that requires medication. so far, the family said nothing in response to the video of the 85-year-old that surfaced yesterday. on that video on north korea's official news agency, he is seen reading a handwritten apology. he bows and then there is video of the korean war veteran putting thumb print on each page of his written confession. >> it's a forced confession. the language is not the language that would be used by an american and some of the syntax and grammar made no sense. it's something written by the north koreans. he read it. obviously with the hope
. >> merrill newman has been held by north korea for more than a month. the united states is calling for his release, saying: >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a 10-day tour in october when arrested. he's appeared on state tv reading an alleged confession. >> ..information of the kpa, attacked the communication system, killing three innocent operators. delayed munition supply using explosives obtained from attacking the mind. he attacked the kpa... >> the statement constaining oddly constructed sentences and errors says newman tried to meet with soldiers he trained during the war. >> i asked my guy to look for families and relatives living in the dpra. i gave email addresses and names to the guide. >> the confession was written on november the 9th. the government has been forced confessions in the past. the timing is odd. >> the time they need good relations. it's creating problems in the tourist industry, at a time when the north korean government is serious about a threat to foreign tourists in north korea. >> if he returns to the u.s. he'll tell the truth
. >> reporter: in this video released by the north korean government, merrill newman of palo alto reads a statement his captors claim is an apology for alleged crimes during the war. >> in the u.s. and western countries there is misleading propaganda. >> reporter: his supposed apology was not show in the video. the korean war veteran reportedly writes he's guilty for a long list of crimes and asks forgiveness. he was taken in an airplane when he prepared to fly home. here at his retirement home neighbors put up yellow ribbons. >> what could somebody 85 do? i'm 96 and i wonder what i would do if i got put in jail. >> there's no history of 85-year-old grandfather getting pulled off a plane and not being permit today come home. it's completely unprecedented. >> reporter: newman's wife and son spoke earlier this week with cbs correspondent john black stone. >> fly to beijing and then paddle boat across. >> i said i would sit in the street. i'd do whatever i could do. >> reporter: the so-called apology video may indicate the north korean government is getting ready to let newman go. >> the w
apologized for war crimes from 60 years ago, but that is not what merrill newman's family sees. >> they collected information and attacked communication system and killed three innocent operators. >> reporter: in this video, merrill newman of palo alto reads a statement that is an apology for alleged crimes against the war. >> there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: the apology was not shown in the video but he writes she guilty of a long list of crimes against the north korea government. north korean agents took the man from an airplane october 26 as he prepared to fly home. >> what can anybody at 85 do? i'm 96. what could i do if i got put in jail like that? >> there is no history of 85- year-old grandfather getting pulled off a plane and not being permitted to come home. it is just completely unprecedented. >> mom is ready to fly to beijing and paddle a boat across. >> i said i would sit in the street. i would do whatever i could do. >> reporter: the so-called apology video may indicate that the north korean government is getting ready to let him go. >>
to see an 85-year-old palo alto man held in north korea, merrill newman held in the country for more than a month and the north koreans say received a videotaped apoll jie from the man. the video shows merrill newman bowing to the camera and signing a handwritten note. in it the 85-year-old korean war veteran apologizes for killing north korean soldiers and civilians six decades ago. >> killed three innocent operators. >> the statement newman read dated november #9dth was filled with grammatical errors and it's unclear if he was coerced into reading it. stamford professor an pert on north korea calls this video propaganda but saying it might be a sign of something positive. >> it's clearly something he did under some dures and hopefully will read to his release. the the retiree was taken into custody by north korean authorities back in october during a private tour of the country. newman it says admitted to committing hostile acts against the government. by searching for surviving soldiers he trained to fight the north during the war. >> i asked my guide to help know look for their famili
at the thanksgiving table. korean war vet merrill newman was taken in to custody by the north koreans as he prepared to leave that country last month. family members are talking for the very first time saying that they're worried about his health and his safety. here's abc's bob woodruff. >> reporter: it's been 30 days since lee newman last heard from merrill newman. her husband of 56 years. now she's breaking her silence. >> we hope whatever the misunderstanding is will be resolved quickly and he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: the newman family's big question, why was merrill arrested while the other tourists with him were allowed to fly home? >> they checked out of the hotel. gone it the airport, boarded the plane. and we understand were five minutes from taking off when a korean official came on board and asked to see his passport and he's been there ever since. >> merrill newman served in the korean war which remains a sensitive topic in north korea. first time ever -- i've reported from there five times. always under tight supervision by a government minder. feel
are making a desperate plea to bring him home for the holidays the korean war veteran merrill newman has been detained now for a month. we have the story. >> reporter: the face of a veteran now held captive. merrill newman's son describes the moment his dad was taken. >> they checked out of the hotel gone to the airport. boarded the plane. and we understand were five minutes from taking off. when a korean official came aboard asked to see his passport. he'd been there ever since >> for the 85-year-old grandfather his hope was to return to the land where he fought as an officer years ago. but why taken off the plane? where is he being held? his wife lee is certain it's a huge misunderstanding. >> we hope whatever that misunderstanding is we'll be resolved. very quickly. and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: i've been to north korea five times but never awill youed to walk freely down the street trail by the someone from the government. merrill newman's son wonders if he was confused with someone else. >> he was three years ago in south korea. but never bee
the korean war. in a new video, 85-year-old merrill newman says he's sorry for killing civilians an troops. in the alleged apology, he says the u.s. isn't telling the truth about north korea. he's one of two americans being held in north korea currently. >>> the u.s. won't recognize china's newly created air defense zone over the east china satis sea but is advising air carriers to stay away. last week china declared the area off limits. china and japan have claimed ownership of several islands in the east china sea. some fear the standoff could lead to violence intended or not. >> a shooting, a stabbing, a mob brawl. just another black friday. with chaos reported from north carolina to nevada, alexander field is not brawling. she's following the black friday brawls, though. alexandra, tell us the worst of it. do we want to know? >> reporter: miguel, fortunately, the shopping scene is feeling a little more sane today. yesterday those black friday shoppers came out with their claws and really a whole lot more. it's getting downright dangerous, that hunt for deals year after year. check out
merrill newman has been held by that country for months given his advanced age and health conditions we urge you to release in newman so he can return home an reunited with his family. >> 85-year-old merrill newman was about to leave north korea after a ten-day tour in october we he was arrested. he is now on tv talking about trading guerrilla's 60 years ago. >> they attacked a communication system and killed three innocent operators and they laid the munition supply and using explosives obtained from attacking the mine and they attacked the kpa and harassing operations of the rear base ten times. >> the statement that contained oddly constructed statements and grammatical errors saying that newman had met with soldiers that he trained during the war. i asked my guy to help me look for families and relatives living in dp committee and i gave their addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> the confession was recorded on november 9th but there was no direct connection to newman to confirm the details. one korea watcher says the timing of the east are is very odd. >> it's created problems is
in north korea breaks her silence and is asking for his release. 85 year-old merrill newman, who is a korean war vet, has been held for a month now. leigh newman says, her husband to detainment is in his understanding. she is worried about his health and said madison to beijing with hopes it can be delivered to where ever merrill is being held. --lee newman. lee said she is hoping her husband will be home for the holidays. >>: we need to have a merrill back for the head of the table. we ask respectfully for them to release him and let him come home. >>anny: merrill newman was traveling on a 10 day organize a private tour of north korea of with a traveling companion and the cree and a veteran was getting ready to travel from pyongyang to beijing, when north korean officials to come off the plane. the swedish embassy is negotiating on merrill's behalf since the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with north korea >>anny: the decision whether or not to release the 911 tapes made from sandy hook elementary after the shooting has been delayed. a connecticut superior court judge said h
in north korea, 85-year-old merrill newman once served in a top secret army unit. the required corporate finance -- retired corporate veteran apologizes for killing civilians and troops. the north koreans believe the war technically never ended because there was no peace treaty. now he's a quote prisoner of war. a second man is also being detained. >>> we're getting our first look at the man police say is the main suspect in an animal cruelty case. you're looking at hiiat hotel -- hyatt hotel right after he snatched two kalts and the cats and the belongings of a woman from the bay but the two cats drowned. people are horrified by what happened. >> i think that's terrible. she's known around here. she's a nice, sweet old lady. i was born and raised in san francisco and that's not how we take care of our family. she's home little and has a bunch of cat -- she's homeless and has a bunch of cats. police plan to charge the animal as a result, 62 iphones worth more than $40,000 from a store in from month at the pacific xhovns off the auto mall reports, police are not exactly -- pacific commons
-old merrill newman. north korean state media have released video showing what they say is a confession and an apology. former u.n. ambassador bill richardson was asked about newman's case. >> the north koreans seem to be seeking a bargaining chip here with mr. newman. he's 85 years old. he's got a heart condition. they went into the airplane, took him out of the airplane as he was leaving pyongyang and brought him back. this is the new regime of kim jong-un in the past there was a certain pattern to these detentions. there was a trial. there were confessions. but then there was a negotiation to get him out. in this case, nothing seems to follow a set pattern. >> the war veteran being held as a former member of a u.s. special forces group. they were called the white tigers. who were they and what was their mission? i'll ask a former white tiger who joins me live, next. as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my
for a month. yesterday pyongyang showed american merrill newman apologize for killing american soldiers during the war. they saw it as blatant propaganda. now newman and another american may be in the pawns in a much bigger game. >> i'm well and food is good, that's the message 85-year-old american merrill newman sent to his family from north korea where he's under arrest and accuse of war crimes. newman who was arrested a month ago at the end of a package or to the so-called hermit state was visited by swedish diplomats at the weekend. the diplomats say he is receiving medication for heart condition and getting regular doctors' visits. almost over the weekend the north korean authorities received a confession from newman in which he apologized for training an highly secret an anti-communist force of guerrilla fighters. it was deep behind enemy lines. the north koreans say that when newman returned to the country in october he was trying to renew ties with old comrades. it's not clear whether newman was forced to make this statement and whether any of the facts mentioned in it are accurate. it
>>> right now at 11:00, an unnerving video, this is the first time we have seen merrill newman of palo alto since he was taken off a plane in north korea. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. raj and jessica have the night off. we begin with a developing story. tonight north korea confirmed it has arrested merrill newman and accused him of hostile acts against the government. then just about two hours ago a video of newman surfaced on youtube. on it he's heard confessing his alleged crimes and explaining what happened while visiting that country. >> shall i ask my guide to help me to look for their families and relatives living in dprk, and i gave the document written with their addresses and e-mail addresses to the guide in the hotel. >> reporter: at the end of the statement newman bows and then there's video of the veteran putting his thumbprint on each page. it is important to remember that north korea has coerced statements and confesses from detainees in the past. newman has missing since late october when officials took him off a plane as he was getting ready to leave that coun
's in good health. the swedish ambassador was able to meet him on friday. >> reporter: after merrill newman received his first visitors after being detained more than a month ago, his family said he's received the medications that we sent him and medical personnel are checking on his health several times a day, they said in a statement. merrill reports he's being well treated and that the food is good. the white house released a statement this weekend saying it was deeply concerned about the welfare of newman, along with american kenneth bay who was detained more than a year ago. >> we're always hopeful that this increased attention to the case is moving things along. that it's moving in the right direction. >> reporter: as for newman, he's a korean war veteran who now calls california home. last month he fulfilled a dream by returning to north korea for a nine-day visit, but a military officer took him into custody at the airport as he was about to leave. on saturday, video of newman surfaced. it was released by korean state media where newman apologized for hostile acts, including civilia
-old war veteran merrill newman who has been held captive in north korea more than a month that apologized for alleged crimes during the korean war. eunice is in shanghai, china with more. eunice, good morning. >> reporter: good morning andrea. north korea is accusing detained american veteran merrill newman of war crimes during the korean war during the 1950s. the authorities released a video on state tv showing newman reading his alleged confession. in it the 85-year-old man from california purportedly apologized for his actions. it was dated november 9th and he said he was guilty of a long list of indelible crimes against north korea. north korea. newman was in north korea legally as a tourist on a nine-day trip and held captain tip since october 26th when he was taken off a plane by authorities when he was heading home. other american war vets have visited the country in the past without any problems. now that he has gone through this confession, many believe there could be a possibility of his release but, at this moment, he is still being held prisoner. >> eunice, thank you. >>> the
morning. >> good morning, alex. north korea is accusing detained american veteran merrill newman of war crimes for his service during the korean war in the 1950s. authorities released a video showing newman reading his alleged confession and that the 85-year-old man from california reportedly apologized for his actions. it was dated november 9th. he said he was guilty of a long list of crimes against north korea. he was in north korea legally on a nine-day trip. he had been held captive since october 26th when he was taken off the plane heading home by authorities. other american war vets have been able to visit the country without any problem. there's been some speculation he could be released. at this moment he is still being held prisoner. >> do we know anything about his health? >> i understand he has a heart condition and he only packed enough medication for this trip. it's a ten-day trip. she has tried to send medicine to him but has no idea if it has gotten to him. do we know anything about that? >> we don't know anything about that as of yet. that medicine has been passed to the
their ordeal. the 85-year-old mayoral -- merrill newman was wrapping up a trip in north korea but he was removed from the flight by north cent officials. his wife and son worried. >> i was stunned. i thought truly in the next hour i would be getting a calm saying that this didn't really happen or there was some mixup. >> he live the plane with no incident or drama and...he has been there ever since. >> the state department says that they are monitoring the talks to free newman over what is called a "dreadful misunderstanding." >> this morning, the beastie boys have issued an open letter to oakland based toy company after they used one of their sons in a commercial that has gone viral. ♪ you like to buy ♪ pink toys >> the company made a catchy video with reworked we lyrics to the hit "girls," to encourage young girlfriends to pursuer engineering. last week they filed a lawsuit claiming that it had the right to use the music because it is a parody. "new york times" printed the ban's response saying when we tried to ask how and why our song was used where you are our per anything yo
in an emotional interview pleading for him to come back home. >> it as month since merrill newman was pulled off the plane from united states. and korea. the korean war veteran completed a 10 day tour there. >> there are no answers to why he is being held. >> ready to fly to beijing. and then across. >> i would sit in the street. >> i would do what ever i could do. >> it is just so hard not to run around. and do something. but the important thing to do is the right thing. we are not sure what that is. >> he needs to be at the head of the table for the holidays. that's what we are hoping. >> the family has sent medication for new man's heart condition. don't know if he received them. >> they don't know under what condition he is being held now. >> the as and raiders will play in oakland for a few more years. major jean quan announced on twitter that they reached a lease agreement through the 2015 season. the new leases were expected to gulf them more control over concessions at the stadium. >> critics are blasting a major deal. some are calling it a historical mistake. >>> how do you hold kids ac
but they are not releasing any of the details. >>> north korea confirms it is holding american merrill newman, state department says he killed people in the vietnam war and he was held captive at the end of a north korea's trips. >>> china says it must be told of all planes including passenger aircraft that fly through its new air defense zone. area over the east china sea, also covers areas that are claimed by china's neighbors, taiwan and japan. >>> we hope you have a great holiday weekend with family and loved ones. thanks for watching. >> good evening, i'm joie chen, thanks for joining us on this holiday weekend. as shoppers wrap up their black friday trips and cross off must-haves off their list, grand theft auto 5, shattered records when it went from zeroto $1 million sales in just three days. the entertainment of getting tide up in high speed joy rides, america tonight's lori jane gliha. >> the cops are coming, get out at outta here! take cover. shoot everybody. i don't know where my fun is. and then are you going to steal one of these vehicles? >> no, i'm going to steal another vehicle. >> e
of an elderly u.s. citizen apparently apologising for crimes committed during the war in the 1950s. merrill newman read out a scripted statement. it was not known whether it was made under the u.s. in it he said he trained a unit of troops. he said they then killed innocent people. pyongyang accused them of trying to commit hostile acts during his trip to north korea. >> the governor of jakarta, the indonesian capital has popularity ratings many would envy. many believe that he could be president. some whether he could bring the same changes to the country as he has to the capital. >> he's timid, down to earth and not very articulate. everywhere he goes he a treated like a rock star. after giving free health care and education for the poor. he has become a hero to many. >> translation: i'm really happy that he made school cheaper, compared to others who have not done much. jokuwe have done a lot. >> he travels to hospitals, slum areas and river banks nearly every day. his concern to close the gap between the rich and poor because he says he knows what it's like to be poor. >> when i was sma
confirms it's holding 85-year-old veteran merrill newman. they claim they violated north korea's dignity. he reportedly
. >> this video released by north korean authorities claims to show 85-year-old merrill newman reeding an alleged apology. >> i can understand there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: the video and the four-page handwritten statement cannot be independently verified. it aired on the north korea news agency and accuses newman of masterminded espionage and subversive activities against north korea and that h was responsible for killings. >> the veteran and grandfather was visiting north korea as a tourist when authorities detained him in october 26th. his family has not heard from him since. newman's son said h his father wanted to return to the country where he fought for three years. all the other tourists were allowing to home. >> they checked out of the hotel, gone to the airport, went to the plane, and we understand five minutes from taking off when a korean official came aboard, asked to see his passport and has been there ever since. >> lee newman wants her husband home safely and hopes he's getting his medication. >> we hope that whatever the misunderstanding is will be
merrill newman killed people during the north korean war. nu newman has been held for a mh now.
for more than a month. this comes just hours after north korea released a video of 85-year-old merrill newman apologizing for his alleged crimes. he was detained in late october. he was taken off a plane just as he was about to leave pyongyang. north korea says new man apologized for crimes during the korean war and for "hostile acts," against the state during the recent trip. well, north korea has a history of releasing videos of detainees who are forced to apologize. white house says it is concerned about his health and his advanced age. >>> a chilly weekend could give way to a december warmup. ahead, amelia's back to tell us >>> a big day at the national zoo. tomorrow officials will announce the name of the new baby panda seen her earlier today on the panda cam. the zoo says it received more than 123,000 online votes to choose the panda's name. now, in keeping with chinese tradition, the winning name won't be announced until she is 100 days old and that is tomorrow. the name will be revealed on scrolls hanging from a 12-foot arch at the zoo and the public is invited to attend. >>> t
for the release of merrill newman. a video was released of him supposedly apologising for war crimes. swedish embassy officials were allowed to sea him. >> those are the headlines. for more information go to aljazeera.com. >> it's a fight for your money. how retailers on one side and charity on the other. also meet a brand new breed of entrepreneurs who are reaching for the stars so that you one day might live in space. >>> and whose got more game. and should you get in on the action? i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money." >> this is "real money." you're the most important part of the show. join us on twitter @ja real money. now that turkey dinner has come and gone, it's no secret retai retailers want to gobble up your dollars, and they're not the only ones, charities do their good work in the final three months of the year. and 18% of the entire year's non-profit fundraising take place during the month of december. the good news, americans are amongst the most generous givers in the world. the immediat median amount gives 2564. that means half give more than that, half give less. this yea
and a career war veteran. we have the latest including new video, as well. >> reporter: merrill newman's wife spoke to nbc news earlier this week. the family said nothing in response to a video of the 85-year-old that surfaced yesterday. on that video released by north korea's official news agency, he's seen reading a handwritten apology. at the end of the statement he bows, then there is video of the korean war veteran putting his thumb print on each page of his confession. an expert says this is clear a force add poll ji. it's likely newman read it with the hope it would secure his release. >> i think by doing what the north koreans, have done, it's dangerous for any american to go to north korea. anybody with association with the korean war, they are saying, that's sufficient for them to put you under arrest. that's a scary situation. >> north korea is accusing newman of being a, quote, criminal involved in the killing of civilians during the korean war. newman has been missing since hate october when north korean officials took him off a plane as he was getting ready to leav
-year-old man from california named merrill newman. he's a korean war vet taken off a plane in north korea last month just as he was about to leave the country following a 10-day tour. the state-run media in north korea released a video today, apparently showing newman apologizing for war crimes. >> on this trip, i can understand that in u.s. and western countries, there is misleading information and propaganda. >> the statement is full of grammatical errors. he does suffer from a heart condition. you heard the word "reclusive" a lot when somebody is describing north korea. the regime doesn't let the rest of the world see what it doesn't at the present time to but the tight controls have been loosening ever so slightly starting just about two years ago when the associated press was allowed to open a bureau in the capital of pyongyang. david guttenfelder is the photographer assigned to the bureau. he spend up to three weeks at a time in north korea. >> you go to these maz spectacles -- 100,000 people in the stadium, creating these huge mosaics of propaganda. if you look closely, it's
against civilians by an 85-year-old korean war veteran. detained in late october, merrill newman, a retired finance executive was taken off an airplane as he planned to leave that country after a ten-day tour. he reportedly made the confession november 9th. north korea media reported he signed a four-page statement confessing to his crimes, but its authenticity was cast in down with phrases like "i want not punish me." there were high level talks between pakistan and afghanistan aimed at bringing peace to the region. the pakistani prime minister traveled to kabul with meetings with afghan president hamid karzai. they reached an agreement for members of an afghan peace council to continue negotiations with a high-level pakistani taliban leader recently released from prison. those talks began in the past few days. >>> the u.s. offered to destroy some of syria's most lethal chemical weapons offshore. probably on a ship in the mediterranean sea. the plan is to package and transport the weapons from several sites within syria to the nation's largest port then load them on to ships. th
-old american held by north korea is in good health. merrill newman bass seized by authorities when he was preparing to leave the country in october. yesterday he was seen on north korean television reading an apology. the swedish ambassador from north korea was able to visit him where he is being held. >> in thailand the leader of anti-government protests has now met with the prime minister and refuses to back down. thirty thousand protesters attacked government buildings today. they took control of the state broadcaster and forced the prime minister to take refuge in a police compound. four people have been killed in the protest which, until yesterday, had remained in a maze of steer gas thigh land's political diversion have become clear again. police have warned anti-government protestors that in they tried to could be front them they would respond. that is what happens. if it was not tear gas it was water cannons the protestors dame to the heavily guarded governor house. trying to seize it from the president. >> we will succeed. we have cut the razor wire in front and then we will
learned that he appearso be in good health. relatives of merrill newman they heard from the state department that the swedish ambassador had visited newmt a hotel. and the 85- year-old said he was being treated well. the u-s government is urging north a to let newman go... especiay given his age and the fact 3. >>> the am baster. >>> when a family fishing trip turned tragic. the boy fell off the wall and tumbled into the water. it took them 10 minutes to locate the child. those are your news headlines this morning. >>> thank you. california was on track very high likelihood this will not get enough political support to go forward. >>reporter: slamming the breaks could derail other transit service. the other rail service was hoping to change their line over to electrical line. >> at this point without identifying a funding source i don't know how it will go forward. >> we have to go to plan be. it may be to go back to voters it's not papular at this point. >> i can't imagine the voters would approve this again. we need to see a completely different plan. the cost has more then dou
being held in north korea. merrill newman's wife and son are standing by to share their story. we'll talk to hem in a moment. they're growing more and more concerned about mr. newman's health. it's been a month since he was mysteriously yanked off a plane and detained by the north koreans. >> reporter: mr. newman's case has brought a lot of concerns. his family has sent medicine, the swedish ambassador to north korea, who handles america's affairs there still has not been allowed to visit newman. there's been no answers from the north koreans, who detained him at the end of what seemed like a benign tourist visit. >> a cheerful postcard from pyongyang to merrill newman to a grandson. we rode the metro the other day, it says. a woman got up, moved across the aisle for me to sit. i said thank you, she said "welcome" in perfect english. we both laughed. on october 26th, five minutes before he flight was to take off, he was pulled from the plane and detained. no one has heard from him. his family is worried about his heart condition. >> for them to do something like this is a finger i
's holding american merrill newman. the news agency he said the veteran killed people during the war. says he apologized for hostile acts during that conflict. detained the 85-year-old-year-old, was pulled off a plane as he was about to leave. >>> protestors camping out on the ground, asking the military to help them topple the prime minister. live from bangkok. scott what's happening there today? >> jonathan, well, yes, it is actually the next day here, saturday, now that army headquarters sowption if you will took place on friday. we were there right after it happened. it was quite an interesting scene. obviously this is the military head of this country. it is kind of a bold move, they presented pooh letter to the head of the army, essentially asking him one question, are you with us the protestors or are you with the government? later on a couple of days later the army said, we are for all people of thailand. they the army represent all the people of this country. the today we are seeing less protesting on the streetsd if you will, the protest oars are yelling in a sports stadium near her
to free an 85-year-old u.s. arm y veteran being held as a war criminal. this, as merrill newman's family gets an update on his health. abc's jeff zeleny is covering the story from the white house. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. what began as a trip of a lifetime, has turned into a nightmare for this american war veteran in north korea. the white house is weighing in for the first time, urging north korea to release a u.s. veteran of the korean war, held for nearly five weeks. merrill newman, an 85-year-old retired california finance executive and grandfather, was an a sightseeing trip to north korea when he was detained on october 26th. he reappeared this weekend. in a videotaped message, he apologized for what he called hostile acts. >> on this trip, i can understand that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about dprk. >> reporter: the new images of newman prompted a new rebuke from the obama administration. given mr. newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge the dprk to release mr. newman so he may return home and
detained in north korea breaks her silence and is asking for his release. 85 year-old merrill newman who is a korean war vet, has been held for a month now. leigh newman says her husband to the payment is in his understanding. she is worried about his health and send medicine to beijing which withholds it can be delivered to wherever merrill is being held. lee said she is helping her husband will be home for the holidays. >>: let me remind you this is the 30th day of merrill's detainment. we need him home as the head of the table for thanksgiving. we ask respectfully, for them to release him and let him come home. " >>anny: merrill no man and a traveling companion were on a tendon organize private tour of north korea. the korean war veteran was getting ready to travel from pyongyang to beijing, when north korean officials took him off the plane. the swedish embassy is negotiating on merrill's behalf since the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with north korea. the decision whether or not to release the 911 tapes made from sandy hook elementary after the shooting has been delayed. a con
apparently following for crimes during the 1950s war. merrill newman read out a statement in a faltering voice. it's not known whether it was made under duress. in it it says he led a group of troops and they killed innocent people. he was accused of performing hostile acts. >> nawaz sharif is in kabul. hamid karzai has pushed islamabad to have it talk to the taliban. it is seen as crucial as it was a backer of the taliban when it ruled in the 1990s. the meeting comes at a time when hamid karzai is locked in a dispute with the u.s. about the troop pact. >> jane ferguson has the latest were kabul. >> top of the agenda on the discussions between pakistani nawaz sharif and afghan president hamid karzai will be peace talks between the afghan government and the afghan taliban. they said for some time now they want direct peace talks with the taliban. they believe that pakistan is the right partner to facilitate that. they've had a complicated relationship with pakistani neighbours for some years. the afghan government accused the pakistani military of harvesting the taliban, helping them to o
american apologizing for korean war crimes. 85-year-old merrill newman has been held for about a month. the korean war veteran was taken into custody just minutes before his plane was scheduled to take off last month. cnn's karl plive with the lates. >> reporter: north korea state report accuse veteran merrill newman of host yifts toethz north korea, saying he infringed insort and dignity and slandered the socialist system. all that sounds a little like political mumbo jumbo until you look at the detail of exactly what they're auccusing him of. north korea is focusing heavily on his record as a u.s. officer, saying he engaged in espionage, subversion and also sabotage activities during the korean war and also significantly during a short period after the war ended. in a taped and written confession, mr. newman says that he did train and advise a covert and clandestine group of anti-communist party who operated behind enemy lines inside north korea. that unit is the 6th partisan infantry regiment, a group military historians say was controlled by the united states and united nations and
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